Rudyard Kipling

Version: Unabridged
Author: Andrew Lycett
Narrator: Frederick Davidson
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: July 2013
# of Units: 23 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

This gripping biography mixes intimate detail with a thorough understanding of the social, intellectual, artistic, and political climate of the time to unravel the intricate story of the misunderstood genius who wrote Kim, The Jungle Books, and the poem “If.”
Growing up in both England and India, this descendant of a high-achieving family crossed India’s established divide between ruler and subject as he explored the urban underworld and dabbled with opium. Recently discovered letters shed light on Kipling’s most intimate relationships and help explain how India influenced his personal, political, and literary development. Later, suffering from marital stress, the deaths of his son and daughter, and a wavering sanity, only iron self-control and love of the English countryside enable him to transmute his sadness and growing disillusion into his crystalline late short stories, which are gaining new appreciation today.

Author Details

Author Details

Lycett, Andrew

Andrew Lycett studied history at Oxford University. After an early career as a foreign correspondent specializing in Africa and the Middle East, he now writes biographies. His lives of Dylan Thomas, Rudyard Kipling and Ian Fleming have been highly praised.